Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Spider Meadows

This field trip will give B3 students the opportunity to try out gear and new skills on an easy overnight backpack with experienced mentors.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 - 2.0 mph

The Happy Clown Restaurant parking lot (Time TBD). After passing the Lake Wenatchee State Park South entrance and before crossing  Wenatchee River. Here

There is phone reception there and we can coordinate. After this, we will caravan 26 miles to the Phelps Creek Trailhead.

NW Forest Pass is required for parking.

This out-and-back trail is notorious for its numerous creek crossings; bring trekking poles and maybe water shoes or an extra pair of socks. If the group is interested we may do a small detour on the Leroy Basin Trail to watch the waterfalls (+.5 miles total)

The forest road leading up to the trailhead is said to be tough, but doable. Lots of sedans make it to the trailhead, but it can make a long slow drive.

We will camp on the Spider Meadow. A big open space carved by winter avalanches. We will likely see some remnants of those in the adjacent mountains.

Thunderstorms, active fires nearby or unhealthy air quality will cancel the trip.

Weather information for the area can be found  here

It will be summer but being in the PNW, it is expected that you will bring rain gear.

  • Average high: 86F
  • Average low: 59F
  • Average precipitation: 0.02”

We will follow all Mountaineers Protocols. Bring a face mask and hand sanitizer. We'll wear face masks most of the time and stay 6 feet apart from each other to the best of our abilities.

NOTE: The meeting time will be set close to the trip based on trip reports. It will likely be a very early start, and we should be prepared to turn back and make it a day hike in case there are no durable surfaces available to set up camp.


Spider Meadows, Spider Gap, Lyman Lakes & Buck Creek Pass

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials, plus overnight gear as specified by the trip leader

Rain gear.

The 11th essential: Face mask and hand sanitizer.

Trip Reports